Fly Fishing Basics – the Artform of Fishing

By Kelin Ray

When it comes to regular fishing practices, there is almost no one in the world that does not know the basics. However when it comes to the art of fly fishing, generations upon generations have found the basics to have eluded them. As a result of the new found fly fishing boom, there are plenty of those who wish to learn, and not really anyone to teach them. This can cause a problem for the fact that fly fishing has more than 2,000 years of history.

While you can simply bait a hook, toss it in the water and when something bites you can make dinner, fly fishing takes a little bit more effort to catch that fish. The good thing is however that the more effort you put into catching that fish, the better the meal will taste when you sit down to eat your day’s catch.

For starters, the concepts of fly fishing use no organic bait whether artificial or live. You do not take a real fly and bait it to your hook then presto you have a fish. Instead the flies used in the act of fly fishing are composed of things like string, feathers or even ribbon. These flies are then attached to a hook and through the movements of the line, you are able to dazzle the fly in front of your fish.

The bait itself is considered to be one of the most important fundamentals regarding the basics of fly fishing and when you know about the flies and how they should act upon the water, you will then be able to focus on the casting techniques. In casting the fly, you do not simply toss it out in a straight line like you would in a normal sport fishing routine, but rather through an art form you carefully and diligently glide the fly in and out of the water as a means of imitating an insect.

A fly fishing rod is quite often longer than that of a standard fishing rod while at the same time they are also substantially lighter. This is important because you have to create a certain rhythm in your castings which cannot be achieved with a heavier rod. The reel itself is barely ever used in fly fishing other than to retrieve the line. Instead one hand holds on to the line carefully pulling it out of the reel in small increments. From there you basically shake the line out a little at a time mimicking that of a live insect and enticing the fish to bite.

Fly fishing is pure art when it comes to the sport fishing world and some people can do it, while at the same time others cannot.

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